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Apologies to those of you who already received e-mail below directly from
ASCE.  If you wish to follow through w/ASCE's request to contact your House
or Senate member, I'll tell you from experience that ASCE has made it VERY
easy to do so via the link they provide near the bottom of their e-mail.  If
you want to take the quickest & easiest route to contact someone then, using
the link, you can 'point & click' your way to an e-mail letter that ASCE has
written (i.e., it's written around "Talking Points" below) & will address &
send for you.  It's too easy to not be heard on such a critical issue!!

Glen

LtCol GLEN PAPPAS, Ph.D., P.E. 
Structural Engineer
 
Defense Threat Reduction Agency 
Technology Development Directorate, Operational Applications Division, 
Structural Dynamics Branch

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-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Reale [mailto:govwash(--nospam--at)asce.org] 
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 7:44 PM
To: glen.pappas(--nospam--at)dtra.mil
Subject: Education - Math & Science Appropriations II


KEY ALERT

CALL YOUR MEMBER AND URGE SUPPORT FOR MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION

House and Senate conferees are meeting to work out the differences between
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bills (H.R. 3061,
S. 1536) approved by the House and Senate.  Conferees and their staffs will
be working all weekend to reach a compromise.

ASCE is concerned about the tremendous difference over funding for the Math
& Science Partnerships.  The Senate has only approved $25 million.  The
House has approved $450 million.  The Math and Science Partnership program
has been authorized as part of the President's Education reform bill
(H.R.1).  The House approved the conference report this week and the Senate
will vote on it early next week.  

If the Senate appropriations number becomes law, it would be an
unprecedented 97% reduction in funding dedicated to math and science
education; this despite having just passed the most sweeping federal
education overhaul in 30 years.  This could virtually eliminate dedicated
federal funding for K-12 math and science education at a time when:

82% of 12th graders are not proficient in science 

72% of 8th graders are not proficient in math 

U. S. students start out strong on international math and science tests, but
by 12th grade they are well below the international average.

The Math and Science Partnership program would permit local school districts
to partner with colleges and universities, including engineering
departments, to improve math and science educational programs.  ASCE worked
to get this provision included in the Education reform bill, work that would
be endangered if the program does not receive adequate funding.

I urge you to call or e-mail your member of the House of Representatives and
Senators today.


TALKING POINTS:
Congress needs to fully fund math and science partnerships under Title 11,
Part B, at the levels authorized in H.R. 1, the No Child Left Behind Act.
 
Ask your members to call their colleagues on the Labor/HHS/Education
Appropriations Committee and let them know that math and science education
matters to you and to America.

The program will replace the Eisenhower teacher professional development
program and is urgently needed to enhance the quality of math & science
teaching.

Last year's Eisenhower program was funded at $485 million.

Without this level of funding, there is no guarantee that the teachers in
their states will ever see any professional development or other enhancement
programs.

IF they counter that NSF just received $160 million for Math & Science
Partnerships, you can explain that those competitively-awarded grants will
likely be long-term and large (5 yr., $5 million) experiments and again may
not be awarded in their state.

CONTACTING YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS
You may write to your Representative/Senator from ASCE's Internet Advocacy
Site.  Simply log on to the web site
http://www.asce.org/publicpolicy/advocacy.cfm. Use your six-digit ASCE
member number for the "Name" and your last name for the "Password."  With
the Internet Advocacy Site, you may choose to write your own free form
letter, select our speaking points to help outline your letter, or choose
from a sample letter template that you may then edit to match your own
style.  In a few easy steps, your letter will be on its way to your
Representative.

If you send e-mail, please be sure to include your full postal address and
contact information so that the congressional office will know where to send
a response and, most importantly, identify you as a constituent.  Most
offices currently will not respond by e-mail, but if you include your
address, will respond by postal mail.

If you prefer, you can call the main U.S. Capitol switchboard at
202/224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Member's office.  If the member
of Congress is not available, ask to speak to the staff person who handles
appropriations. 

FOLLOW-UP WITH ASCE
Please be sure to let us know if you made a visit or phone call, or send a
copy of your correspondence to ASCE's Government

Web User ID: 215179
Web Password: Pappas

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